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Work In Wilson

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A Great Place to Work

Top Industries

Wilson was once “The World’s Greatest Tobacco Market.” Today, we still carry that same industrious spirit of our founders. Wilson is the largest manufacturing base in Eastern NC, with five major life-science manufacturing facilities as well as many other diversified industries. An employment center for many surrounding counties, Wilson boasts an in-migration workforce of approximately 3,500 daily. Our leading industry sectors by employment are:

  • Manufacturing (pharmaceuticals, automotive parts, aerospace, packaging, and food prep)
  • Construction
  • Retail Trade
  • Accommodation and Food Services (BB&T)
  • Healthcare (Wilson Medical)
  • Public Administration (City of Wilson, Wilson County and NC Dept. of Health & Human Services)

Making Remote Work Easy.


Now more than ever, work from home conditions are key when choosing a new home. Luckily, Wilson checks all the boxes.

Thanks to the city’s broadband infrastructure, Greenlight Community Broadband, residents can enjoy the fastest speeds (up to 1 Gbps) in the state right at their own home – speeds that fast make video calls and file sharing a breeze.

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Eastern NC’s Innovation Hub

Gig East Exchange

Gig East Exchange is the physical embodiment of Gig East, giving Wilsonians a chance to ideate, collaborate, and create. This co-working space cultivates a community of some of the most innovative entrepreneurs, mentors, funders, and companies in Eastern North Carolina.

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